Speeches and Spotlights
Two months have passed since last we met as a Board, and much has happened. Just yesterday I offered to our Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Committee the appointments of Dr. Brian Herman as our new vice president for research and Dr. Katrice Albert as our new vice president for equity and diversity. And just a moment ago, we said farewell to Vice Presidents Jones and Mulcahy and Foundation CEO Goldstein.
As we prepare for the final days of the semester, let's celebrate together a spectacular 2012, and look ahead to what's sure to be an exciting 2013.
As you prepare for your finals and semester-ending assignments, I wish you much success, a Happy New Year, and many restful nights of sleep.
I am pleased to announce Dr. Katrice A. Albert has accepted the position of Vice President for Equity and Diversity, effective June 28, 2013, and pending approval by the Board of Regents in December. In that position, she will lead the University’s access, equity, and diverse multicultural resources and programs, and play an important role in advancing excellence at the University of Minnesota.
Thank you, Kris, and welcome all to one of the most important and inspiring days of the year here at the University of Minnesota. Thank you, Regent Maureen Ramirez, for being here today. Welcome, Senator Scott Dibble and Senator Kari Dziedzic, two great friends of the University—and re-elected friends! I’d like to offer a special greeting to one of the state’s great leaders of equity and diversity, and our regent emeritus, Dr. Josie Johnson. Thank you to all of the University’s senior leaders in attendance, including UMD Chancellor Lynn Black. And to our generous sponsors—Target, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola, TCF Bank, RBC Wealth Management, and the Minnesota Twins. Thank you for your support.
Task Force Report and Recommendations: Office of Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System
The Task Force I charged with reviewing the Office for Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System, and developing recommendations for its organization after Senior Vice President Robert J. Jones assumes the presidency of the University at Albany, State University of New York, has completed its report. I have reviewed and accepted their recommendations. You can find the task force report here (PDF).
Thank you, Madam Chair. For my second academic year as president, yes, I have hit the ground running, driving, walking, and flying on behalf of our University since last we met. Mostly, I have been detailing and promoting our legislative request and the new approach that this Board heard about last month.
I gave presentations about our important Biennial Budget Request—for which I will be seeking your approval later today—to, among others:
President Eric W. Kaler's remarks at the Board of Regents work session on "Lessons from the Freeh Report"
Madam Chair and members of the Board of Regents. The events that came to light at Penn State in November, 2011—and which were examined in a sobering report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh released in July—are clearly worthy of our examination. Many of you expressed to me your commitment to ensure that this University’s governance and compliance processes are robust and on the mark so that a similar situation could never happen here.
Thank you to the Department of Commerce for inviting the University of Minnesota here today. Quite simply, a decade ago, the University of Minnesota would not have been invited anywhere as a technology transfer leader. We were behind.
Every institution must adapt to its own environment, community, and academic and research strengths, so I don’t believe there is a single template for success, but I do believe our story illustrates some good practices. Let me walk you through how and why we transformed our Office for Technology Commercialization.
In the old days—a decade ago—we were considered laggards on the tech transfer front.
To: Senior Leadership Team, Chancellors, Deans, Unit and Collegiate Directors of Human Resources, Information Technology, Budget and Finance, and Communications
From: Eric W. Kaler, President
Re: Operational Excellence: Administrative Optimization and Dotted-Line Reporting
As you know, Operational Excellence is a long-term commitment to work smarter, reduce costs, enhance services, and increase revenues throughout the University. We are undertaking this effort for one simple reason: to advance our teaching, research, and public engagement mission.